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Clyde Barton @1918

The Baker/Barton Family Papers were donated to the Special Collections unit of the Lakeland Public Library in 1995 by Valeta Barton Baker. They comprise .5 linear feet and document to a small degree the lives of her father, Clyde Barton, her husband, Victor Baker, and her uncle, Thomas Lester Barton. The collections contains correspondence, photographs, memorabilia, and newspaper clippings. The correspondence, photographs, and memorabilia are in generally good condition, while the newspaper clippings are in poor condition. The records were in no particular order when received.

After processing, the records were organized into three series as follows:

Series I, Correspondence;
Series II, Photographs;
Series III, Memorabilia.

Series I, Correspondence, 1918-1919, 1949, contains the most significant material in the collection. Brothers Clyde and Thomas L. Barton both served in the U.S. military during World War I. Clyde served with the American Expeditionary Force in Europe, while Thomas served in the Navy aboard the destroyer U. S .S. Whipple. Both wrote letters home to their family describing their experiences in the war. Seventeen of these letters have survived and are contained in this series. Also included is a note from British King George V to "soldiers of the United States" welcoming them to "the great battle for human freedom."

Series II, Photographs, @1918-1962, contains photographs of Clyde Barton, his son-in-law Victor Baker, and photographs of the Lakeland High School  football team for which Baker played in the mid-1930's.

Series III, Memorabilia, 1918-1991, consists of a variety of materials relating to Clyde Barton and Victor Baker and includes certificates, Baker's high school diploma, railroad employee passes issued to Barton, a souvenir program from the British liner/troop ship Aquitania which brought Barton home from Europe after the war, and newspaper clippings.